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Breaking most of the records for your position group? Winner. Trying a scrambled eggs and Gatorade smoothie? Loser.
When the fume clears after the Super Bowl, the first major event of the draft process is the NFL Combine. Hundreds of expectations travel to Indianapolis, where they’re measured, evaluated, interviewed, and tested by NFL scouts and executives.
Ultimately, the collegiate occupations of those actors will determine when they get drafted in April. But performing well in drills like the 40 -yard dash, the horizontal prance, or the bench press can persuade a team there’s more untapped possible. Conversely, a poverty-stricken execution, an injury, or any other red flag can settle a prospect’s sketch stock.
Right now, we’ll be moving “the worlds largest”( and least) impressive explains at the 2020 NFL Combine 😛 TAGEND Winner: Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
Breaking just about every record for your position group draws you as large-hearted of an NFL Combine win as it gets.
Wirfs is now the all-time leader among offensive linemen in both the vertical jump and broad jump. His 40 -yard dash was a record for players weighing in at least 320 pounds.
How laughable was his 36.5 -inch horizontal? Just look at it compared to some of the very best receivers both in the NFL and the 2020 NFL Draft class 😛 TAGEND
Notable Vertical Jumps at #NFLCombineLast 10 Years* OL Tristan Wirfs – 36.5 ”* WR DeAndre Hopkins – 36 ”* WR Jerry Jeudy – 35 ”* WR CeeDee Lamb – 34.5 ”* WR A.J. Green – 34.5 ”* WR Amari Cooper – 33 ” @HawkeyeFootball @TristanWirfs74
— NFL Research (@ NFLResearch) February 29, 2020
Wirfs is projected by Dan Kadar to be a top-1 0 draft picking this April. Etching his call into the combine record books simply solidified his stock.
Winner: Michael Turk, P, Arizona State
It’s almost quirky that punters, kickers, and long snappers even participate in the NFL Combine. Those stances normally don’t require much rapidity, persuasivenes, or athleticism.
But Turk managed to show all three in a integrate achievement that would’ve been impressive for any position. First, he cranked out 25 reps on the bench press 😛 TAGEND
— NFL (@ NFL) February 27, 2020
Everyone talking about Michael Turk’s 25 reps on terrace, but he likewise prepared the all-time punter combine record for horizontal rush( 34.5 ” ), and ran in the 4.7 s at 230 lbs. Not simply a strong man, but an athlete. #NFLCombine @MySportsUpdate @NFL @Rep1Sports @NFLDraft
— Ben Turk (@ hangtime_punter) February 29, 2020
Whichever team gales up with him may need to figure out a course to release Turk’s athleticism in more modes than time punting.
Loser: Mitchell Wilcox, TE, South Florida
Wilcox is fighting to be a late-round enlist pick in April, so it wasn’t very surprising that his quantities didn’t actually stand out. His 4.88 -second 40 -yard dash and 31 -inch horizontal were among the worst observes for close-fisted boundaries.
Even worse, the most memorable part of his execution in Indianapolis was when he got shelled in the face by a pass.
— Jimmy Kempski (@ JimmyKempski) February 27, 2020
According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the film to the face burst a blood vessel in Wilcox’s eye. Yikes. Sorry Mitchell, property on the NFL Combine blooper reel is a one-way outing to the loser column.
Winner: Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
Becton is a monstrous. At 6’7, 364 pounds, the Louisville lineman was the largest prospect in Indianapolis.
But it was what he did with all that size that wowed at the NFL Combine. The giant undertake passed the 40 -yard dash in 5.11 seconds, possibly the fastest time ever for a musician over 350 pounds( mix records get a little uncertain before 2006 ).
364 POUND MEKHI BECTON RAN A 5.11 40 !!! Sheesh pic.twitter.com/ T0rtXHPRpR
— SUSPENDED AGAIN (@ FTBeard1) February 28, 2020
While it doesn’t matter much how quickly an offensive lineman can run 40 yards, it was important for a actor as large as Becton to show he’s not a bronze. He extended that assessment with flying colors and could be a top-1 0 picking in April.
Winner: Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin
The only two running backs in the past four incorporates to finish the 40 -yard dash in under 4.4 seconds are Taylor and Colts running back Nyheim Hines. Oddsmakers predicted a 4.51 -second finish for Taylor, but by finishing in 4.39 seconds, he exposed nobility velocity. That could be enough to push him into the first round.
— Christopher Reiss (@ NFL_ChrisReiss) February 29, 2020
There’s a crowded study of running backs vying to be the first off the board. Taylor may have the edge now after his accomplishment.
Winner: Albert Okwuegbunam, TE, Missouri
Even worse than the running back logjam is the 2020 tight aspiration class. Not simply is it unlikely that a actor from that sentiment will go in the first round, even the second round could be tight end-free.
But that lackluster group left room for unheralded actors to glow, and Okwuegbunam took advantage. His 4.49 -second 40 -yard dash( at 258 pounds !) was one of the most wonderful durations ever for a tight objective.
6’5″, 258 lbs. @MizzouFootball TE Albert Okwuegbunam flows a 4.49 u 40 -yard dash! Would standoff for fourth-fastest 40 by a tighten objective since 2003.: #NFLCombine on @NFLNetwork pic.twitter.com/ hGZ8nbXRVw
— NFL (@ NFL) February 27, 2020
Okwuegbunam wasn’t very productive in the Missouri offense, but his size and hastened in Indianapolis could easily convince a crew he’s capable of much more.
Loser: Colleen Wolfe’s naming for NFL Network
St. John’s offensive lineman Ben Bartch payed attending for divulge an interesting weight-gain strategy: A disgusting smoothie with scrambled eggs, curd cheese, Gatorade, and other parts. Surely there are better ways to put on pounds.
Unfortunately for NFL Network’s Colleen Wolfe, she extorted the assigning to go smoothie tasting with Bartch on the sideline.
Hey teenagers, clearly try this at home. pic.twitter.com/ bmFeAYd6ob
— Colleen Wolfe (@ ColleenWolfe) February 29, 2020
Wolfe says it’s not bad. I don’t believe her.
Winner: A.J. Dillon, RB, Boston College
Two years ago, Dillon tweeted that he’d show up at the NFL Combine at 245 pounds and steal the show.
30 reps of 225 lbs4. 47 in the 40 41 ” vert At 245 lbs* Save this tweet*
— AJ “The Sauce” Dillon (@ ajdillon7) March 4, 2018
His prediction came extremely close.
Dillon weighed in at 247 pounds and perfectly nailed his destination of a 41 -inch vertical. While his 4.53 -second 40 -yard dash and 23 terrace reps came up short-lived, it continued to a stellar convey for a running back of his size.
Winner: Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
Everyone already knew Ruggs was fast. He is confirmed that by putting down one of the five fastest days since 2006. Ruggs uttered history thanks to that sprint move forward with his 42 -inch horizontal lurch:
Henry Ruggs III officially passed a 4.27 40, held with Marquise Goodwin in 2013 for the 4th fastest at the NFL Combine since 2006. Ruggs III likewise had a 42 -inch horizontal mount. Since 2006 , no actor at the NFL Combine has caused both a sub-4. 3 40 and a horizontal startle of 40 inches. pic.twitter.com/ 5rVR8yoJs1
— ESPN Stats& Info (@ ESPNStatsInfo) February 28, 2020
The success rate of 40-yard dash speedsters hasn’t been great in the NFL. Ruggs has more than enough tools to buck that trend, though.
Loser: The old-fashioned NFL Combine format
If the NFL has a chance to turn something into a primetime affair, the conference will ever take the opportunity. It decided to move the blend exercisings from an episode that began in the morning( typically 9 a. m. ET) to one that didn’t get started in the afternoon( 4 p. m. ET ).
It’s probably safe to usurp the modification is here to stay.
According to Pro Football Talk, the first night of coverage averaged 322,000 observers, a 119 percent advance from the 2019 NFL Combine’s viewership. It peaked at just over a half-million adjusting in just after 9 p. m.
The caveat is that the first day in 2019 was offensive linemen, while 2020 was quarterbacks. But the substantial increase represents the primetime NFL Combine isn’t “re going away”.
Winner: Chase Claypool, WR, Notre Dame
It’s probably a good signaling when the NFL announces a graphic that gives you across from Calvin Johnson 😛 TAGEND
Only two wideouts to measure 6’4”& 235 pounds or bigger have feed a sub-4. 45 in the 40 -yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine since 2003: One is known as “Megatron”( Calvin Johnson ). The other? Notre Dame’s Chase Claypool at the 2020 Combine. @NDFootball @ChaseClaypool pic.twitter.com/ iHByYLhnp1
— NFL Research (@ NFLResearch) February 28, 2020
Claypool is an enormous wide receiver, but was far from lumbering in his combine testifying. The Notre Dame product flamed down the way in 4.42 seconds and had a 40.5 -inch vertical.
The depth of the 2020 receiver class will probably push Claypool to the middle rounds in April. His combine performance will make sure he doesn’t have to wait too long to get scooped up, though.
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